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Samsung GALAXY Nexus to have PenTile panel

0. phoneArena 21 Oct 2011, 08:44 posted on

Unlike the display on a Super AMOLED Plus screen where each pixel has its own red, green and blue pixel, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus will use the same exact RGBG PenTile display that has been on every Nexus handset to date...

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posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:58

47. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


theres this what we call competition, samsung won't use all of its luxuries on a nexus coz they are saving it for their own product.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 11:09 1

52. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That doesn't make much sense. Samsung's name is on the Galaxy Nexus, so it would only be competing with itself. Google chose the OMAP 4460 for the Nexus, not Samsung.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 11:40

60. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


you're true that it has samsung on it but not all the profits goes to samsung. everyone competes to be the best. if google knows that the exynos is the best around they will get it. there is a reason they didnt use the exynos.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 11:25 1

58. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


GHZ MEANS NOTHING.. lol

the 1.2ghz OMAP is stronger than the 1.5ghz snapdragon found in the SGS2 on Tmobile.

The snapdragon is the weakest dual core availible.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 11:31

59. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


order of relative cpu processing power ... snapdragon > tegra > omap > exynos (the big 4, there are a bunch of misc cpu's like marvell that dont need to be mentioned) in some cases omap outperforms exynos in certain areas

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:21

35. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Galaxy note has higher resolution than the galaxy nexus according to the display. I don't know if has anything to do with the screen size.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:26

37. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Higher resolution in that it's 1280x800 compared to the Nexus' 1280x720. But since the screen is significantly larger, the pixel density is lower:

1280x800=>1509/5.3 = 285 ppi
1280x720=>1469/4.65 = 316 ppi

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 15:10

67. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Yea an Galaxy Note screen looks amazing Nexus i gonna be best android phone ever made

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:11

32. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Leaked Verizon MAP shows the Nexus will launch at $299 just like their other high-end LTEs.

http://www.droid-life.com/2011/10/14/new-verizon-map-released-both-galaxy-nexus-and-htc-rezound-appear-at-299/

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:22 1

5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


sadness :O

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:24 2

8. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


ive never really understood why viewing angles matter. Im not going to be browsing a website like that or anything

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:27

9. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


This makes me wonder if the RAZR screen is any better since it's also a S-AMOLED screen

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:42

19. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It's not, read roldefol's post below. Also the RAZR's screen is not SAMOLED HD in 720p. It is a very good screen, just not the best. Probably the same one on a Droid Charge.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:26

38. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


it isnt the droid charge used a super amo wvga screen while the droid razr uses a super amo qHD screen

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:44 1

39. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


qHD Super AMOLED will look better than the Galaxy S, but not nearly as good as the Nexus. The perceived resolution (accounting for PenTile) will be similar to the Charge even though the listed resolution is higher.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:48

41. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i havent seen or used the charge so ill prob test the 2 at a verizon store :p

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:59 1

48. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Hopefully the Rezound will be out and we can compare side by side by side.

Expecting screens to be Rezound > Nexus >> Razr.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:28 2

10. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


There's a lot of misinformation going around about AMOLED PenTile. A pixel is a pixel, whether it has 3 subpixels (RGB) or 2 (RG and BG). When the pixel density is high enough, the eye doesn't discern subpixels. It's only when the pixel density drops to around 250 ppi that the subpixel arrangement becomes noticeable. (The Galaxy S screens are 233 ppi, and the Razr will be 256 ppi.) No, a PenTile display will never be as crisp as an RGB display at the same resolution, but there's a point where the difference becomes negligible. The pixel density of the Nexus will be 316 ppi, which should be above that threshold.

I speak from experience, being a Samsung Rogue owner. That phone has a 3.1" AMOLED display at 800x480 (301 ppi), and to my eyes it's comparable to the 3.7" RGB LCDs on the Droid and Droid Incredible. I practically need a magnifying glass to see the PenTile arrangement. It looks much much finer than the 3.2" 480x320 LCD display on the LG Optimus line, even though the subpixel density is similar.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:33

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


thank God :D thank you for reincarnating my hopes of the magical HD screen with great quality

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:42 1

18. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Disagree, but then again, we all have different eyes...some can see 20/15. So your "ppi threshold" is going to be different than mine.

After owning an iPhone 4 (330 ppi) for six months, I saw the Atrix 4G screen for the first time, and I could tell the Atrix 4G's browser text was less clear. Its pixel density is 275 ppi. I believe the Atrix 4G is the closest density to the Retina (for smart phones).

Once again, we all have different eyes, but I could tell a difference...so the perceived ppi of 258 for the Nexus will definitely be noticeable. Noticeable enough to write it off? Probably not...that screen is huge!

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:08 1

30. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, the atrix is nowhere near the top of the pixel density heap. its a pentile qhd screen that is notoriously bad.

the highest pixel densities belong to LG and the Nova display. Its not a coincidence that LG also makes the "retina" display for apple. Thats not apple tech, thats LG tech.

I have good eyesite and unless im close to the screen or trying to read small red print, i cant really tell the difference on my SGS1. Concidering how much higher the pixel density and resolution is on the Nexus, something tells me this is more of a over reaction than a problem.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:13

33. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Holy bananas Batman. Just looked it up to confirm. Very good call remixfa, I had no idea the Atrix 4G and Droid 3 were pentile arrangements! No wonder my eyes were not fooled from their marketed resolution. Thanks for pointing that out!

+1 for you

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:47 1

22. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Also note that I'm only talking about PenTile RGBG. The PenTile RGBW arrangement on the Droid X2, Droid 3, Atrix and Bionic is to my eyes more noticeable even at a respectable 250-275 ppi. The subpixels are all the same size, whereas AMOLED displays combine wide red/blue subpixels with narrow green subpixels. That tricks the brain into seeing smaller pixels.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:34

14. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Not necessarily a deal-breaker, it's just tech marketing at its finest. Everyone will rave that they have a "720p HD" display, but that is just the MARKETED resolution. The PERCEIVED resolution is somewhere on the order of 1280x480 (1/3rd less than marketed). And the perceived ppi drops from 316 to 258. Still good, but not what's marketed.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:09

31. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Not sure why the thumbs down, these are facts here people.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:23

36. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That's pretty close to my calculation. Perceived pixel density of a PenTile screen is in between the stated and subpixel-based (defining 1 pixel as three RGB pixels) figures:

For the Nexus:

Stated: 1280x720 =(Pythagorian theorem)= 1469 diagonal / 4.65 = 316 ppi
Subpixel-based: 1469*(2/3) / 4.65 = 211 ppi
Perceived: (316 + 211)/2 = 264 ppi

...which is comparable to the OG Droid.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:41

16. jimmybond (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The reason I like PA so much is because they act as a hub for news stories. Instead of going to multiple websites like Endgadget, Androidcentral, Androidcommunity, Androidpolice, Droid-life, etc. I just come here because I know PA rips-off other "featured stories" and re-writes them as their own. Also, with all due respect (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af-Id_fuXFA), adding source at the end does not make it acceptable journalism, even if this is just a blog of sorts.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:44

21. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


Samsung gs2 ftw!!!!!!!

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:47 1

23. McLTE (Posts: 875; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


On the Bionic, I could fairly easily see the pixels.. though I wonder had I not knows about the pentile issues if I really would have noticed. Being a geek is not always good! :P

I am hopeful that the 1280 resolution of the PRIME will make it hard to see the pixels, at least without really looking for them. If that's the case.. then it's good enough for this round of upgrades!

I think it WILL look better than if the phone had been 840x480 RGB.

One of the biggest selling points for me is that it will be a pure Google phone, and comes with ICS. The form factor looks pretty sexy too!!

While I'm a little disappointed that it's Pentile.. it's not a deal breaker for me.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 10:44 1

40. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Jesus, Alan, for this article you might as well have written "DON'T BUY THE GALAXY NEXUS! WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BUY IT!!!"

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